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Please note that the consignor has provided Gooding & Company with a list of 22 events in which Phil Hill was photographed wearing this Herbert Johnson helmet. Highlights include the 1957 12 Hours of Reims, 1958 12 Hours of Sebring, 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 1958 Monzanapolis. Registered bidders can contact a Gooding & Company Specialist for the full list and further information.
The Herbert Johnson racing helmet was ubiquitous throughout the 1950s and 1960s, made famous by Juan Manuel Fangio throughout his later career. Made of linen fabric set in shellac, they were available bare, but were often painted by their owners. This helmet is believed to have been used during Phil Hill's early Grand Prix career, and also during his maiden victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958. An astounding piece of racing history on its own, the helmet is further accompanied by Hill's helmet bag containing various visors and goggles and is signed by Hill and dated "1961" in black marker. This helmet represents one of the most intriguing opportunities in recent memory and should garner the closest attention of anyone who admires not only Hill himself, but the finest automobilia from the golden era of racing.